How To Download Google Slides [Step-by-Step Guide]

Knowing how to download a Google Slide presentation enables all users the opportunity to access these files offline, share them with others, or preserve copies in different formats.

Fortunately, there are many ways to download a Google Slides presentation. The quickest way is to access File > Download in the menu bar. This allows you to convert your Google Slides presentation to seven other file formats, including PDF, JPG, and PPT.

Here, we discuss how to download Google Slides — in multiple ways.

How To Download Google Slides

To download your Google Slides presentation:

  1. Open your Google Slides Presentation.
  2. Go to “File > “Download.”
How to download Google Slides—Download option in Google Slides File menu


  1. Choose the desired file type format (e.g., .ppt, .odp, .pdf, .txt, .jpg, .png, .svg).
File type choices when downloading Google Slide presentation


  1. Once you’ve selected the file type, the download will start automatically. Track the progress in your browser’s downloads tab.
Google Slides download in browser's downloads tab


  1. To access the downloaded file, click on “Open file.”

Related: How To Convert PowerPoint to Google Slides [Step-by-Step]

How To Download a Google Slides Presentation with Audio

When you download a Google Slides Presentation with Audio as a PPT (PowerPoint) file, you’ll see the speaker icon, but the audio won’t transfer to the new file. To resolve this issue, you’ll need to manually download the audio from the Google Slides presentation and re-insert it in the PPT file. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the Slide where you’ve inserted the audio.
  2. Left-click on the speaker icon to select it. An audio bar should appear.
How to download audio Google Slides


  1. Right-click the audio bar, then select the “Save audio as” option.
How to save audio in Google Slides presentation


  1. Download the Google Slides presentation by going to “File” > “Download.” Choose “Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt)” from the list of file types.
How to Download Google Slides as PPT


  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Delete the original speaker object from the Google Slides presentation by left-clicking on it and pressing Ctrl + X on Windows (or Command + X) to delete it.
Speaker icon in PPT not working after file conversion


  1. Select “Insert > Audio.”
Insert menu audio PPT slides


  1. A window will pop up and ask you to select an audio file. Open the audio file that you’ve downloaded from the Google Slides presentation.
  2. Choose the position of the new speaker icon in your PowerPoint presentation. You can do so by left-clicking anywhere on the slide.
New speaker icon with audio in PowerPoint presentation

Downloading a Google Slide as a PDF Using the Print Option

Downloading a Google Slide presentation as a PDF is useful if you need to share or print your slides in a format that’s universally accessible (while retaining the formatting of the original presentation).

To download a Google Slide as a PDF using the print option:

  1. Open your Google Slides Presentation.
  2. Select “File > Print.”
Where to find the Print tool in Google Slides File menu


  1. Under the “Printer” drop-down list, choose either “Save as PDF” or “Microsoft Print to PDF.”
Where to find Save as PDF option in Printer selection drop-down list


  1. Click on “Print.”
Print button in Google Slides Print window


Note: By default, each slide in your presentation will be printed on one sheet without changing the default print settings. To customize your print settings (like printing multiple slides per page), you’ll need to adjust the options.

Related: How To Convert Google Slides to PowerPoint: 3 Easy Methods

How To Download a Protected Google Slides Presentation

No option in Google Slides allows users to download or convert shared export-protected files. Luckily, there’s a way around this — and it’s just as easy as downloading one of your presentations.

  1. Copy the link to the Google Slides presentation and paste it into your browser’s address bar.
  2. At the end of the link, you will see the text “edit?usp=sharing.” Highlight this section of the link and delete it.
Google Slides presentation share link


  1. Replace the deleted text with “export/pptx” and press “Enter.”
Google Slides presentation share link in export PPTX


  1. Your download will automatically start. The contents of the shared protected Google Slides will be available in .pptx format.
  2. To open the PowerPoint file, go to your browser’s downloads tab and select “Open File.”

How To Download Embedded Google Slides Presentation from a Website

Downloading an embedded Google Slides presentation from a website requires using JavaScript codes. This may seem complicated if you’re unfamiliar with them, but all you have to do is copy and paste codes into your browser.

Here’s an easy guide on how to download embedded Google Slides Presentation from a website:

  1. Open your browser and create a bookmark with the name “Open Google Slides.”
  2. Paste the Javascript code provided below into the bookmark’s URL field. Click “More” and clear the “URL” line. Paste the following code:


var n = document.querySelectorAll(‘iframe[src*=docs\.google]’)[0],

k = document.createElement(“a”);




k.innerText = “Open Google Slides”;


  1. Create another bookmark with the name “Extract Slides.” After naming it, click on the “More” button and paste the following code into the URL field:

var atag = “punch-viewer-content”,
btag = “-caption”,
ctag = “aria-setsize”,
dtag = “aria-posinset”,
msvg = document.getElementsByTagName(“svg”),
node = document.querySelectorAll(‘[class$=”‘ + btag + ‘”]’)[0],
view = document.getElementsByClassName(atag)[0],
size = node.getAttribute(ctag),
data = “”,
func = () => {
data += msvg[0].outerHTML;
if((i = node.getAttribute(dtag))==size) document.write(data);
else, setTimeout(func,10)

  1. Once you’ve completed these steps, download embedded presentations from websites by clicking on the “Open Google Slides” bookmark. This will open an accessible link above the embedded presentation.

How To Email a Presentation

If you plan to send your Google Slides presentation to someone, you can send it via email from the Google Slides window:

  1. Go to the “File” menu and select “Email.”
  2. Click on “Email this file.”
  3. Enter the email address where you wish to send the presentation. You can also tick the “Send yourself a copy” checkbox to keep a paper trail.
Where to add receiver in Google Slides "Email this file" window


  1. In the “Email this file” window, you’ll find subject and message text boxes. These are optional, but it’s advisable to use them so your email isn’t ignored or lost.
  2. Click on the “File type” drop-down list to select the desired file type to send the presentation. The default file type is PDF, so change this setting if you wish to send it as PPT or .txt.
File type choices in "Email a file" window in Google Slides


  1. Click “Send” to send the email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Download Google Slides as a PDF without Internet Access?

You cannot download a Google Slides presentation as a PDF without having access to the internet. However, if the Google Slides presentation is saved on your desktop, you can open the file using Microsoft PowerPoint and export it as a PDF — without an internet connection.

Can I Convert a PDF to a Google Slides Presentation?

Yes, you can convert a PDF file to a Google Slides presentation. However, there is no built-in PDF to .xlsx/.ppt converter in Google Slides. You’ll need to use a third-party application or tool.

Can I Convert a Ppt to a Google Slide Presentation?

Yes, you can convert a .ppt file to a Google Slides presentation. Open Google Slides in your browser and create a new presentation.

Go to “File > “Open” and choose a file. Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to convert to a Google Slide presentation. This will automatically be saved to your computer.

Final Thoughts

You never know when you’ll need to provide a copy of your Google Slides presentation in PDF format. Knowing how to download Google Slides presentations in various scenarios is highly advantageous.

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